Who Is IEBC Vice-Chairperson Juliana Cherera?
Kenyans experienced an intense week of anxiety after casting their votes on August 9, 2022, as they awaited the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to announce Kenya’s fifth president.
The long wait ended around 18:00 pm Monday evening at the Bomas of Kenya when IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced William Ruto as president-elect.
However, just a few kilometers away, four IEBC commissioners made an unprecedented announcement, leaving Kenyans with more questions than answers.
The four, led by Irene Cherop, Justus Abonyo, Francis Wanderi, and Juliana Cherera, rejected the presidential election results as illegible, casting doubt on the final process before the results were announced.
Since then, Kenyans have raised a slew of concerns, one of which is about the lady who stood at the lectern and delivered the address.
So, who exactly is Juliana Cherera?
Juliana Whonge Cherera is the current Vice-Chairperson of the IEBC.
On September 14, 2021, she was sworn in by Chief Justice Martha Koome at the Supreme Court in Nairobi, alongside Irene Cherop, Justus Abonyo, and Francis Wanderi.
They filled positions left vacant by the departures of Roselyn Akombe, Margaret Mwachanya, Paul Kurgat, and Connie Maina following the 2017 General Election.
Cherera’s job is to deputize Chebukati and make sure commissioners have everything they need to do their jobs at all times.
Cherera holds a Master of Education in Leadership and Educational Management from Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) as well as a Bachelor of Education (Arts) in Geography and Kiswahili from Kenyatta University.
She also studied Project Management at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) at the Kenya National Education Council (KNEC), and Strategic Leadership and Development at the Kenya School of Government (KSG).
While still at KSG, she completed a Senior Management Course (SMC).
Cherera started her career as a teacher and now has over 18 years of experience in the Education and Management fields.
She previously served as the Strategic Delivery Unit’s Chief Officer (CO) in the Mombasa County Government.
Cherera was one of the leaders who, with partners and well-wishers, guided and coordinated the Governor’s food distribution program, dubbed “Together For Mombasa.”
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Cherera serves as the Secretary to the Mombasa County Economic Recovery and Legacy Strategy in addition to being a member of the Mombasa County Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Support Project Coordination Committee.
Cherera is also a member of the Kenya Devolution Support Program committee, according to her resume.
She also serves as the chair of the Committee on Voter Education, Partnerships, and Stakeholder Engagement.